Diabetes affects millions of Americans every year, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. Whether you acquired diabetes later in life or were born with a genetic predisposition to it, early diagnosis and regular monitoring are key to managing your condition. For expert diabetes care, visit Lilette Daumas, MD, in Houston, Texas. Call her office or set up an appointment online with the scheduling tool.
Diabetes is a set of several diseases that keep your body from processing and producing glucose normally. Glucose, or blood sugar, is a vital source of fuel for the cells in your body, so when your body can’t regulate it properly, it can lead to serious health problems.
There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 is typically genetic and commonly appears in children and young adults. Type 1 diabetes is marked by your body’s inability to produce insulin, the hormone necessary to transport glucose from your bloodstream to your cells. Type 2 is common in adults over 40 and develops when your body becomes insulin-resistant. Both types result in too much sugar in your bloodstream.
Symptoms and their onset can vary greatly between types. Symptoms common to both forms include:
If you suspect you or your child has diabetes, contact Dr. Daumas immediately, as the quicker you are diagnosed, the sooner you can begin treatment.
You’ll need a blood test to determine whether your blood sugar is properly regulated. You also may need a urine test to look for deposits that indicate diabetes. Dr. Daumas can perform and process these tests right in her office.
Treatment for both types of diabetes can involve insulin pumps, medications, and lifestyle changes, as well as regular monitoring of your blood sugar and carbohydrate intake. Through a combination of medication and lifestyle changes, the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes can be greatly reduced. Substantial weight loss can even lead to a reversal of the condition.
It’s important for people with diabetes to get specialized physical exams that check for specific complications to the eyes, feet, and mouth, and use blood and urine screenings to monitor how your body is processing blood sugar.
The most important part of treatment is implementing a series of lifestyle changes like adjusting your diet and getting more exercise. While there is no specific diet for diabetes, it’s a good idea to avoid fats, processed sugars, and sweets to keep your blood under control. Talk to Dr. Daumas to learn more about developing an appropriate diet and exercise plan.
If you’d like to be tested for diabetes, call the office today or make an appointment online.